The adoption process can be both challenging and frustrating. Allow Elizee Law Firm to guide you through this difficult time. We can help you and your family in your step-parent, foster care, and international adoptions. Adoption is an excellent way for a single person, a couple, or a family to welcome a child into their family. The process can be difficult because extensive requirements need to be met before a child can be legally adopted.
Step-parent adoption requires formal consent from the other birth parent. If the parent is not willing to give the step-parent the required consent, the adoption may be unsuccessful, unless it be shown to the court that the birth parent is not fit. The step-parent should also be prepared to present their property and monetary assets to demonstrate that they are financially sound and stable enough to provide for the child without excessive strain.
Families going through the adoption process may be evaluated by the Florida Department of Child and Families (DCF) and complete the Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting training class. This class is designed to help you understand issues of adoption and the different options available. The family may also be subject to a home study where all of the members of your family will be interviewed to ensure that they will be ready to take on a child. Friends and other references will also be interviewed. Once the process has been completed and the adoption has been approved it must be ratified by a judge.
Contact Elizee Law Firm and we will guide you through the adoption process. Whether it be an agency adoption, step-parent, or international adoption, allow our firm to help you and your family. Elizee Law Firm is a full service family law firm. Allow the firm to represent you and your family in your pending family law issue. Contact us today at (305) 371-8846 for more information.